Fowlkes’ angle on what would become known as Techno was a smooth continuation of the humanity found in Soul. He sought to bring emotional warmth to the usually cold and machined sound of Techno, seeing Detroit’s new and old music styles - Techno and Soul - as inseparable. Unafraid to combine Techno with Jazz tunes, melodies, and especially vocals, Fowlkes sought to bring the FEELING back to Techno.
The success of his first single, “Goodbye Kiss” on Metroplex confirmed his ideology and he pressed on with hits on labels like KMS, 430 West, Play It Again Sam, and Lafayette (UK) until 1992 when Techno caught fire in Europe and Fowlkes caught the eye of Tresor. He recorded for the label with production masterminds 3MB (Thomas Fehlmann & Moritz Von Oswald) in Berlin that year. 3MB were so impressed with Fowlkes’ vision that they put together more tracks for the “Detroit Techno Soul” compilation that Fowlkes coordinated for Tresor in 1994. The spirit of Soul was truly contained in Techno. Now Los Angeles based, Fowlkes keeps spreading the message with his own label, City Boy. His music remains unphased by Techno’s mutations through the years: the soul is still at the heart of his music.
Edited by Ask808 on 24 Feb 2008, 12:09
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